Arsenal’s inability to sign a striker in this transfer window might eventually be the club’s greatest undoing in the upcoming season.
Among the top Premier League clubs or even the top European clubs, Arsenal are the most linked to players in the transfer market yet the club’s inability to complete any deal thus far raises a lot of question as to Wenger’s sincerity to truly sign players.
We saw Jamie Vardy, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, Wissam Ben Yedder, and Aleksandre Lacazette on in the transfer books of Arsenal. Despite the admission of Wenger that he would add a striker, non of the aforementioned players left their clubs and we are yet to see the so-desired striker.
Reports making the rounds claims Chuba Akpom has been told that he would be staying put at Arsenal and is most likely to lead the attack for Arsenal in our EPL opening game. I can tell you for sure that if Wenger doesn’t get a breakthrough in the signing of a striker and Akpom scores against Liverpool, the youngster will be “Just like a new signing”.
Oliver Giroud is yet to return from his extended holidays and it is certain that he will be unfit for that game – that leaves Wenger with Akpom and Sanchez as the choices for the position. Walcott obviously has no place in the attack and i think he has lost his place in the team too, hence, he’s now a fringe player.
Akpom, 20, spent last season on loan at Hill City. Although, he scored seven goals for the club last season, he is still developing and not ready for first team football.
Unless he succeeds in adding a centre-back over the next week – and Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi remains the main target – Wenger also faces a similar selection quandary in defence.